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  Monday, Sep. 4 1:05pm ET
Garciaparra ends RBI drought

BOSTON (AP) -- Local products Rico Brogna and Lou Merloni crowded the top step of the dugout to see the pregame ceremony. Catcher Jason Varitek showed some more of his socks as a tribute.

The top 10 ERAs since 1920, minimum 162 innings pitched (LERA = League ERA)
Pitcher Year ERA LERA
Bob Gibson 1968 1.12 2.99
Dwight Gooden 1985 1.53 3.59
Greg Maddux 1994 1.56 4.21
Luis Tiant 1968 1.60 2.98
Greg Maddux 1995 1.63 4.18
Spud Chandler 1943 1.64 3.30
Dean Chance 1964 1.65 3.63
Pedro Martinez 2000 1.66 4.97
Carl Hubbell 1933 1.66 3.34
Sandy Koufax 1966 1.73 3.61

But the Boston players who honored Carlton Fisk the best when his number was retired by the Red Sox on Monday were Pedro Martinez and Nomar Garciaparra -- the two most likely to join him on the Fenway Park facade.

"I don't really want to think about that yet," Martinez said after striking out 11 to beat the Seattle Mariners 5-1. "I have enough to worry about right now without worrying about retiring my number. (That's for) a tired old man."

Martinez allowed six hits in eight innings and Garciaparra snapped a 15-game RBI slump Monday to help the Red Sox remain two games behind Cleveland in the AL wild-card race. Garciaparra, who like Fisk was a unanimous choice as AL Rookie of the Year, had two hits -- his 52nd multihit game of the season.

"If he keeps it up, obviously, he's going to have a day like this," said Brogna, who grew up in Turners Falls imitating Fisk in backyard wiffle ball games. "And same with Petey."

Making his first start since sparking last Tuesday's brawl with Tampa Bay by hitting the first batter of the game, Martinez (16-4) allowed six hits and one walk in eight innings. Derek Lowe pitched the ninth.

"It's pretty significant when they retire a number in Boston. You really have to be a special player," Red Sox manager Jimy Williams said. "But Pedro is a special player."

Fisk is best known for waving his 12th-inning homer fair to win Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. But the only one who cleared the Green Monster on Monday was Mike Cameron, who hit a solo homer in the seventh to give the Mariners their only run.

Still, it didn't make up for Cameron's blunder in the third, when he fell while backing up to catch Jose Offerman's bases-loaded fly ball. The triple opened the gates for Boston's five-run inning and turned Jamie Moyer (11-9) into a hard-luck loser.

"I slipped and it cost us the game," Cameron said. "It's like I had a million dollars in my pocket and someone took it away."

Moyer allowed five runs -- four earned -- and five hits in seven innings, walking two and striking out five as the Mariners lost for the 16th time in 21 games. He was matching Martinez until Donnie Sadler reached with one out in the third when first baseman John Olerud couldn't handle a grounder.

Manny Alexander singled and Darren Lewis walked before Offerman hit a deep fly to center. Cameron drifted back and appeared to be ready to catch the ball when he slipped and fell on his backside, kicking up a big chunk of turf on his way down. The runners, who had been holding, formed a traffic jam as they took off for the plate.

Sadler and Alexander scored easily, but Lewis arrived at the same time as the throw. Catcher Dan Wilson, bracing himself for a collision, let the ball bounce by him as he blocked the plate; Lewis slid short and knocked Wilson back, but then got up and easily touched home to make it 3-0.

Carl Everett doubled to score Offerman -- his 100th RBI of the season. Garciaparra, who last drove in a run on Aug. 15, dribbled one through the right side of the infield to score Everett and make it 5-0.

Game notes
The teams split the series 2-2. The Mariners haven't won any of their last seven series. ... Brian Daubach missed his fifth consecutive game since he was injured in last Tuesday's brawl against Tampa Bay. ... Edgar Martinez had two hits and his second stolen base of the season. ... Everett is the sixth switch-hitter to post 100 or more RBI in both leagues. He had 108 last season with Houston. ... The Red Sox called up Donnie Sadler before the game and started him at second base, batting eighth.


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